Knee arthroplasty and preservation of the quadriceps mechanism

  • US 7,806,897 B1
  • Filed: 06/30/2005
  • Issued: 10/05/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/14/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method of performing and preparations for a knee arthroplasty, comprising:

  • making a single primary incision near the knee joint of a leg of a patient, the incision sized or located such that a quadriceps mechanism in the leg of the patient is substantially preserved;

    resecting a surface of at least one of the medial and lateral condyles;

    resecting a surface of the trochlear groove of the femur of the leg;

    moving a femoral component of a knee implant having an articulating surface operative to replace substantially the entire articulating surfaces of the trochlear groove and at least one of the medial and lateral condyles, through the primary incision; and

    positioning the femoral component with respect to the at least one femoral resected surface.

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